Plan your trips and you won’t pump extra dollars into the fuel tank.
Plan your trips and you won’t pump extra dollars into the fuel tank. Think Stock

How to save money on your 'mum taxi'

YOUR vehicle is one of the biggest household expenses after your home, and fuel, wear and tear and servicing of your vehicle are an added expense.

Once children come along, most people practically live in their car. It becomes the dining room, the taxi, the work vehicle and sometimes even the bedroom.

So it makes sense that this is one area of the household budget where you can really save some dosh. Here are my biggest hints and tips on saving money with the family car.

1. Plan your trips

At the start of the week think about all the errands you have to run. Try to incorporate these errands into the school run or the work run. So you end up doing one trip instead of three. This saves money on tyre wear and tear, fuel and most importantly, time.

2. Check your tyre pressure

If your tyre pressure is too low, it takes more fuel to move the car. Apparently it is more economical to have very slightly higher tyre pressure - but seriously, follow the manufacturer's instructions on tyre pressure and check them every time you fill the car up. It's free to do and will save you dollars.

3. Monitor fuel prices

There are websites and apps now dedicated to finding the very best prices on fuel. Just don't make the mistake of driving 10km out of your way to get 2c off.

4. Drive conservatively

Speeding up and slamming your feet on the brake is not an efficient (or safe) way to drive.

Unless you are driving a hire car (which goes twice as fast and stops in half the time), then drive as smoothly as you possibly can.

5. Don't get a speeding fine

Like I did this week. Ouch.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum:

http://www.stayathomemum.com.au



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